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Van Zalinge Z Bass

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by Dr H, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Dr H

    Dr H

    Aug 30, 2010
    England, UK
    Hi Everyone
    I've been visiting a fair bit, but I'm a relative newbie here.
    I thought that I'd post some images of my Van Zalinge Z bass (originally purchased as an ex demo model from the BUCA bv showroom in Bussum in 1986).
    It's one of the production models (rather than one of the dozen or so instruments hand crafted by Henk Van Zalinge), but lovely quality.
    It's fairly basic - simple jack socket, plug and play with a Z transducer (Polytone type).
    Still my darling after all these years - wouldn't consider selling her.
    Does anybody else on the Forum have one to share?

  2. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007

    Thanks for sharing them!

    I'm sure there's some TBers who have Z basses too...

    Although I'm not an Upright Bass player, but This is the EUB that always on my mind since first time I saw Sting play it with The Police.

    Thanks :)
  3. Dr H

    Dr H

    Aug 30, 2010
    England, UK
    You're welcome.
    Must be more around, of 264 made Sting has/had two, Stewart Copeland has one, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen has one, Henk Bosch van Drakestein another...
    Anybody else?
  4. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    Yeah Stewart Copeland has one.. Haha I love drummer who love to buy basses :D
  5. Wow, I have to be honest. I've not seen one of these before, but it's really cool. Any info online about the history?
  6. Dr H

    Dr H

    Aug 30, 2010
    England, UK
    Thanks Nate, not much on line history, but I do have a 6-page gatefold ad from the former company that has details. I'll get around to scanning it and posting it here.
  7. simonlittle


    Jan 22, 2008
    West London
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Basses & Amps
    I used to have a Van Zalinge about 10 years ago. Bought it from the old Bass Centre when it was still in Wapping. Loved that bass and used it occasionally for a couple of years but eventually had to sell it to raise funds for my main acoustic bass (which I still play today).
    They are great instruments and I wish i could've kept hold of mine! Was sold by Martin at The Gallery in Camden to a friend of his who'd been looking for one. It's the only instrument I've regretted selling...
  8. In case you didn't know, NHOP died a few years ago. (2005)
  9. dubblebass

    dubblebass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    I do!
    I rented a room in Florida one winter 1990 or so. I went to putting my clothes up in the closet and there she was all bagged up. The landlady was a singer who had a bass player boyfriend who left the bass with her for some back debt. Needless to say in a few seconds a deal was struck and I still have her. More worn than yours and slightly different finish/woods and details. Still wonderful to play. Will post pics when I get a chance.
  10. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    Nice :)
  11. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    Hi Dr H. long time no see LOL

    Have you scan them and posting them here?

    Would be glad to know


  12. Widolf


    Nov 26, 2015
    Need some expertize help.

    I have a van Zalinge bass that I'm thinking of selling but the problem is to set a decent value of it.

    What is your oppinion of the value?
  13. Pjotr Typsov

    Pjotr Typsov

    Feb 4, 2016
    Hi , Beautiful pictures!

    Beautiful bass!

    I have the same Z Bass, also bought at BUCA as a demo model. Same period in the eighty's.
    I'm a jazz player. Most of the time a play a normal double bass.
    I'm going to sell it. It is on www.marktplaats.nl since today.


    Pjotr Z2.

  14. Pjotr Typsov

    Pjotr Typsov

    Feb 4, 2016
    Hi Widolf,

    It is a rare collectors item, there were only 264 made of them.

    I have put mine on www.marktplaats.nl since today in The Netherlands.

    I ask E 3500,- That's the price one was sold for in 2005.

    One only needs one buyer , who has passion for this great instrument !
  15. Pjotr Typsov

    Pjotr Typsov

    Feb 4, 2016
    This is what i Found in Germany, this is what they asked.
    Wonder if it is being payed for it.
  16. DoubAlbass


    May 12, 2017
    Tucson AZ
    20170525_122909. couldn't find one... so I made one.

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